Author(s): Lai K, Stolowich NJ, Wild JR
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Abstract The extensive use of organophosphorothioate insecticides in agriculture has resulted in the risk of environmental contamination with a variety of broadly based neurotoxins that inhibit the acetylcholinesterases of many different animal species. Organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH, EC 184.108.40.206) is a broad-spectrum phosphotriesterase that is capable of detoxifying a variety of organophosphorus neurotoxins by hydrolyzing various phosphorus-ester bonds (P-O, P-F, P-CN, and P-S) between the phosphorus center and an electrophilic leaving group. OPH is capable of hydrolyzing the P-X bond of various organophosphorus compounds at quite different catalytic rates: P-O bonds (kcat = 67-5000 s-1), P-F bonds (kcat = 0.01-500 s-1), and P-S bonds (kcat = 0.0067 to 167 s-1). P-S bond cleavage was readily demonstrated and characterized in these studies by quantifying the released free thiol groups using 5,5'-dithio-bis-2-nitrobenzoic acid or by monitoring an upfield shift of approximately 31 ppm by 31P NMR. A decrease in the toxicity of hydrolyzed products was demonstrated by directly quantifying the loss of inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity. Phosphorothiolate esters, such as demeton-S, provided noncompetitive inhibition for paraoxon (a P-O triester) hydrolysis, suggesting that the binding of these two different classes of substrates was not identical.
This article was published in Arch Biochem Biophys
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation